Career Development Opportunities

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Public / Private Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Assistant Vector Biologist, California Department of Public Health

DESCRIPTION: Heluna Health and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of Assistant Vector Biologist for the Vector-borne Diseases Program. This position will assist with environmental surveillance of vector-borne diseases, including plague, hantavirus, and mosquito and tick-borne diseases, in conjunction with Public Health Biologists in northern California as required to assess and mitigate risk of vector-borne disease transmission, and to assist in investigating vector-borne disease cases or outbreaks.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or advanced degree in entomology, biology, chemistry, or similar scientific discipline.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online using the link below.

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POSITION: Vector Control Director, Williston ND

DESCRIPTION: The Vector Control Director leads the development and implementation of efforts to control mosquitos within the Williston Vector Control District.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or advanced degree in entomology, biology, public health, or a closely related field AND three (3) years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position, which must include 2 years of management or supervision. Must have or be able to obtain ND pesticide applicator certification within two months of employment.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online using the link below.

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Seasonal Opportunities

POSITION: Pest Control Technician, Hudson Regional Health Commission

DESCRIPTION: Hudson Regional Health Commission is seeking a full-time Pest Control Technician for seasonal employment of 32.5 hours per week from May through November. The position falls under the supervision of the Hudson Regional Mosquito Control Program and will conduct spotted lanternfly control throughout Hudson County, including but not limited to applying pesticides, maintaining pesticide records, and interacting with the public. Does related work as required. Will be working outdoors all weather conditions. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess a valid Commercial Pesticide Applicator or Operator license from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Certification in Category 3A preferred but not required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online using the link below.

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POSITION: Summer Internship Position, Tennessee Vector-Borne Diseases Program

DESCRIPTION: The Tennessee Department of Health, in collaboration with the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases (SECVBD), is seeking applications for a self-motivated intern to work during the summer of 2023. This position will support a broader, unified effort within the region for tick surveillance, including tick abundance, distribution, identification, and vouchering, and in doing so, it provides an opportunity to gain experience in public health entomology and applied epidemiology while providing support to state and academic partners. Anticipated outcomes of the internship include learning and applying best practices for tick surveillance, including rapid tick identification, tick collection, and tick-borne pathogen testing.

QUALIFICATIONS: Intern must have graduated with or be actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Public Health, Entomology, or a related field from an accredited college or university.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The deadline to apply is April 1, 2023, with an anticipated start date of May 15, 2023.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Professor & Chair, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and nominations for Chair of the Department. The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the unit. The Chair of Entomology maintains strong connections to Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station through extensive interaction with the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and participation in the administrative councils and programs of that College.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology or other Life Sciences- related field, and can serve as a tenured member of the College at the rank of Professor. We are seeking candidates with outstanding records in research and in education, along with administrative skills and vision to lead the unit.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by June 1, 2023 for priority evaluation.

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POSITION: Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator, Michigan State University

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a full-time, 12 month fixed-term Academic Specialist with a 100% outreach assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be 1 July 2023. Funding is available for this position for up to three years, renewable based on program performance. The Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator (PSEP) position promotes responsible decision-making and actions to protect pesticide users, public, plant and animal health, and the environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience developing and delivering extension education materials and training; experience writing successful grant proposals and administering funding. Knowledge of relevant regulatory agencies (MDARD, EPA, USDA, etc.) and experience working with partners from multiple organizations. MS degree in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or Weed Science required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by June 1, 2023 for priority evaluation.

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Internship, Fellowships, & Postdoctoral Positions

POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow for Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases (ZVBD) Lab - The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

DESCRIPTION: We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to work on the ecoepidemiology of ticks and tick-borne diseases, tick microbiome, genetic diversity of vector-borne pathogens, comparative genomics of hemoplasmas, pathogen discovery on wildlife and/or zoonotic spillover.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine, Entomology, Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics, or related discipline; hands-on laboratory experience in molecular diagnostics; a solid experimental and writing background with evidence of these skills (e.g., publications) related to zoonotic and vector-borne disease data.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Proposed hire date: 07/17/2023. Apply using the link below.

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POSITION: ORISE Internship, CDC Vector-Borne Bacterial Disease & Ecology

DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is available with the Entomology and Ecology team in the Bacterial Diseases Branch within the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Under the guidance of a mentor (Entomology and Ecology Team personnel), the selected participant will gain experience in one or more of the following: Pathogen detection in ticks using established protocols (DNA extraction, real-time PCR, next generation sequencing); Tick identification using published taxonomic keys and molecular assays designed to differential morphologically similar species; Field collection of ticks; Maintaining records in electronic databases; and Mapping and modeling tick distributions within a GIS framework.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor’s degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Preferred skills: Skills on microbiological and diagnostic techniques, molecular biological techniques; Experience working with arthropods (ticks, mosquitoes, or fleas); Experience working with laboratory animals.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by May 10, 2023.

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POSITION: Associate Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University invites applications for positions at the rank of Associate Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Research Scientist to contribute to transdisciplinary research on the ecological and social drivers of tick-borne diseases in the United States. The successful candidate will join the Eco-Epidemiology lab lead by Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser to support ongoing and new research initiatives to optimize tick-borne disease risk-reduction interventions. The positions will focus on one or more of the following research areas: spatiotemporal modeling of eco-social determinants of tick-borne disease emergence in human-wildlife interfaces, evaluation and optimization of multiple tick, host, and human-targeted interventions, and development of decision support systems at multiple scales.

QUALIFICATIONS: The positions require a Ph.D. in ecology, epidemiology, economics, applied statistics, or a related quantitative field. Background in epidemiological modeling, population modeling, infectious disease and spatial modeling are highly desirable. A track record of research excellence is essential, as are excellent written and oral communication skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Applicants should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three reference providers who may be asked to upload letters of recommendation at a later stage in the search.

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit Diagnosis and Treatment of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Viral Tickborne Disease Training Diagnosis & Management of WNV

Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

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EPA Integrated Pest Management Webinars

The EPA Center for Integrated Pest Management hosts a yearly webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in your facilities and environments.

Upcoming Webinars Previous Webinars

Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers

American Public Health Association


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center

Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network

New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements

Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs

Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities

Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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We are eager to work with partners in our region to promote opportunities in career development and training in vector-borne disease and public health. If you have an opportunity you would like us to share, please contact us today!